Glass head photos! Wheeee! Sorry it took me so long-- I had a very big to-do around Halloween, and got sick on top of it.
First off, Tero packaged this VERY well. The entire thing was wrapped in layers of paper and those poofy plastic bubble pads. It arrived in perfect shape!
You can sorta see in this photo-- Tero made a face with foam stickers placed behind the eyes, emboidery floss behind the mouth, a large flower for "hair," etc. It was really well done! Didn't last long, though, 'cos we had to dump it.
The initial dump, wherein our heroes learn that tile floors and beads don't mix. Oops!
My "helpers" paw though things really quickly.
My son was super excited that many Halloween-type items were inside.
A more detailed dump photo-- in there you can see: a rubbery hand, a likewise rubbery ear, beads galore, foam stickers, stamps, buttons, foot-shaped paperclips (which my son was boggled by, for some reason), a tiny trophey, a hemp neckace, and tons of other fun bits and bobs
Some favorites-- a tiny cardinal and an owl thimble (I collect birds!), and a tiny frying pan with eggs in it.
More favorites: a wee birdhouse, a strange clown statue, buddha chopsticks, bag of resistors and such, a plastic lamb, moose button and necklace that reminds me, somehow, of Bjork's compass tattoo.
Yet more faves-- a teeny sewing machine, a rubik's cube, a chinese pincushion, a day of the dead guitar pick, a strange hedgehog sort of critter (I love this dude-- he's going in the little diorama I'm building on my nightstand), deer and toothpaste charms, foreign coins (Euros), handmade beads (with a Klimt pic on one! I think), a whistles with a bear's head, and one of the oddest things-- a sort of coin charm that seems really familiar. Actually it looks a lot like the Kuchi coins I use in my costuming (I'm an ATS bellydancer), but not quite. I like, regardless!
Tero, you are so amazing. This is the coolest prize evah! I'm going to be swimming in little treats for years. And the glass head is so neat.. I'm still trying to figure out what to fill it with when I display it. Oh, and from the kids:
"Thanks for sending us the cool head! I really liked the sticky ear and hand. I like the big blue marble. " (Sebastian, age
After some delay (sorry!) here's my package from Craftsy. Lovely lovely...
After removing packaging material from the box:
That's two skeins of yarn, an AWESOME vintage bottle (old enough, actually, to be considered antique, I'd think), an old clock face and vintage snaps, and A FANTASTIC STEAMPUNKY BOX WITH KEYS AGGGGHHH (I collect skeleton keys).
See that lock? It's a real lock. With a real key. I put the key on my keychain. Feel so badass.
Chocolate treats. Kids ate most of 'em, but I claimed the key for myself.
Inside the box. Wooo!
Some favorites... bobby keychain, crafted leaf pin, alphabet tape off my Etsy faves list (or my Wist.. regardless, I <3 it..).
Closeup of some of the box treats... lots of watch bits, beads, more keychains (one shaped like a potty. Gave it to my husband). By the way, I'd have more photos if my kids hadn't kept digging in the box as I was trying to snap pics. I have about 12 pics with little hands covering the goods. My son got one of the skeleton keys (there were MANY more inside the box).
More treasures... key stamp, buttons, charms, beads, pendants...
Tiny faerie box filled with watch parts... oh my cogs and whistles...
My boob wasn't in the package. But a tiny watch-gut brooch was! So cute! It's on my hat now.
Tiny box filled with tinier beads and stone shards.
Duck with a gun! Tiny bottles! Aggghhhh awesomeness!
Thank you SO MUCH, Craftsy. You really made my month. The box is awesome and the contents are awesomer!
I recieved from TheSapphireMoon today. It was fabulous! Included were fabric markers, small wooden minis (I'm making doll furnishings, so these were a nice surprise), fabric (the craziest stuff, zebra print with flowers on it, was claimed by my neighbor before I took photos. Apparently it'll go perfect in her living room!), beads, buttons, trims, crazy pipe cleaners (claimed by my son), leis (also claimed by the boy), stickers, a crazy huge applique, christmas appliques, rexlace, and oh... tons of fun stuff. Here's photos:
I was a clown. After years of dressing as things that were unrecognizable, it was awesome to walk around and not get asked what I was "supposed to be."
The costume is about 90% home-made, no patterns. I didn't make my socks, my shoes (though I did decorate them), or the wig base.
I made the undershirt like a tank-top out of stretchy glittery material, then cut some sleeves off another shirt, stitched them on, then "laddered" the sleeves and added ruffles, sequins and stripes of glitter down the front.
The overshirt/vest was an old shrug that I added lace to. It was last-minute, because my outfit wasn't warm or colorful enough with just the black top.
Bad photo, but the best that shows the tops:
My bottom half just brings me such joy, and it's not often I can say that. I made the pants from scratch by adapting VegBee's wrap pants into non-wrap pants, and making the crotch twice as deep. I then folded the extra material over to make an attached miniskirt. Then I sewed on five metric tons of ruffles.
The ruffles are made from four different fabrics, plus purple storebought lace. I used the info on gathering with clear elastic from VegBee. She was apparently my DIY Halloween saint.
I also gave the pants pockets, which I didn't use at all:
I also used the gathering tutorial for my tutu. I made it two layers, and open in the back to show off my rufflebum and to make it easier to sit down and go potty. I think I may do a tut on how I made the tutu (ha!) at some point, because the way I did it makes the layers interchangable. As it stood, I only had two layers, so it didn't much matter. After sewing, I glued sequins on that are kinda hard to see in the photos.
I promise my makeup didn't look so shoddy in real life. I do wish I'd carried the white further down my neck, though.
I made the umbrella by cutting down a full-sized 'brella, bending the metal bits to a new, more curved shape, and then replacing the original fabric with some crazy cotton I found. And I got to take the best hardcore crafting photo ever:
Finally, there's the wig. As I said above, I started with base wig. It was a purple bob style with bangs. I then dreaded a lot of it, and added synthetic dreads of other colors, as well as braids, loose hair, three colors of plastic lacing, ribbon, sequins-onna-string, glitter, and a big 'ol pink bow. I pulled the back up, backcombed some loose hair and snuck it into the little beehive I made, and then pulled the sides into pigtails. I loooooove it. I'll probably invent some reason to wear it again some time. Here's pics I took without the costume/makeup on, which are also pre-glitter, pre-sequins and pre-bows:
I don't think I've EVER been so proud of a costume. I had so much fun walking around under my little umbrella, and got a fair few compliments (and one photo taken of me. That's never happened before, so I felt like a celeb).
Many thanks for looking, and SUPER MEGA UBER thanks to VegBee for her tutorials (found at http://indietutes.blogspot.com/); my costume would have been very sad without them.
Wheee! I found my camera batteries, so I can finally post pics of my lovely angel package from Waterbaby! She focused on my love of Mythology for the swap, and really came up with some fantastic crafts.
Everything was packed in this awesome box. She totally refinished the box (including the inside, which you'll see in the moment) and made the plaque on the top out of polymer clay. I seriously wouldn't have guessed that; she got the look of woodgrain just right. And the pegasus stamp on the top just makes it.
The inside is all lined and plushy. (The items were padded for shipping. I just opened it all up and put it back in the box for the photo.) I lurve it. I'm going to put all my most-often-worn jewelry in it instead of keeping it in my huge jewelry box in the bathroom.
The goodies inside:
A wee angel bottle. It's so cute! Polymer clay again, she's a whiz at that stuff! I'm putting my son's baby teeth inside it, along with some bits and bobs to make a proper memory bottle.
She carved me a stamp! I was upset at having used one of my carving blocks on the original swap, but this more than makes up for it. It's a faun! I love fauns! My husband once dressed as a faun! Could I have more exclamation points in here? Why, yes I could!!!
My favorite-- a domino tile necklace. The illustration was hand-colored and she added micro beads to the top and bottom. Tons of work went into this (and everything else)! I love this; I wore it to dance class last week and got TONS of compliments.
Waterbaby, you're the best! Thank you for such a great swap package!
I decided to try my hand at making dresses for my almost-year-old daughter, since she finally stands enough to make dresses wearable.
The first was made from one of my son's t-shirts, plus scraps of an old shirt of mine.
Hulk baby smash mom's juggling sticks. ArrrrggghhhH!
Then hulk baby take nap. Being hulk hard work.
The second one was made from a T I got from my sister. I haven't heard this band, but the logo was nice and my girl needed something more punk rock looking to go with her crazy punk rock hair. It's really hard to see in the pictures, but I did a fun "crocheted edge" thing with my serger. I learned it on Sewing With Nancy, yay PBS! You basically go round and round with the serger, going over the serged edge and building it out. It looks like lace when you're done.
Things to do in this dress:
Run away even though you can't walk yet.
Yell at mom 'cos she won't open the fridge for you.
I got my last box from GougeAway last week. It was so delightful! We get on so well, it's like it was all meant to be.
Tea infuser! It's so cute. I'm going to become a tea snob. Also: "Buddha Balm" lip balm, tiny pink Buddha head (soon to be living in my car, reminding me not to freak out on drivers slower than me, even though that's a sad thing, 'cos I drive like a granny), and RPBC, 'cos Gouge loooooves me.
More carving blocks for making stamps! She got me soooo addicted to stamp making, it's not even funny. It's totally opened up my brain; the other day I thought, "My curtains are so boring. I should make a stamp and stamp on 'em...." See? Addicted. Anyhoo, also in this shot can be seen a cool zine about the Critical Mass Bike Movement, a little paper picture of candles, and a bag of sours (which we can't buy around here. WTF? I've had Lemonheads, but I didn't even know they MADE cherryheads and sour appleheads... ALL THE WASTED YEARS!).
Several favorite things in this photo. I love the "Wassup, B?" magnet, the zombie finger puppet (my kids love that, too), the beauteous postcards, and the notebook will be very handy as I've recently filled one up. But I especially love the "Zinester's Guide to Portland", which is all chock full of info about cool places to visit (and cheap ones!) in Portland. Indeedy do, I am going to have to drive to Portland just to go to Voodoo Doughnut.
Gorgeous ring! (On my middle finger. The other stuff is my wedding bling.) It's made from a spoon, and fits just right. It only finally came off last night because I did henna on my hands. Note that the magnet I'm petting in the photo is holding up one of Gouge's pictures from the first box. Lovely!
AGGGGHHHH! A JAR OF TINY WHIMSIES! I missed the swap for these, but Gouge was in it, and got addicted to making them. And it was SOOO FUNNY because I made one for her, too! We even had some of the same things in each (and weird stuff, too, like fake money!). I squealed so loud when I saw this that I scared my baby girl! Oops.
The whole lot dumped on my counter! Favorite bits: The "future librarian" pin (my mom is one), the tiny kangaroo button, the fun magnets, the domino and scrabble tiles, the assorted paper goodies that make me want to do altered books again, roll of fabric squares, alphabet block, MINI STAMPS AND MINI STAMP PAD AGGGHH! These are SO perfect for me. I <3 tiny things, and kept wishing I had some teeny tiny stamps to do tags for my store. Now I can! Wheeee!
Seriously, this has been so fun, and I think Gouge and I are going to be buds for a long time. We're just too similar to forget about each other! And yes, Gouge, I think you've convinced me (and the DH) that we need to take a trip to Portland! Woooo!
Thanks to Design, too! I'd never have met my new friend without this swap. I hope others are having as much a ball as I am.
We, like lots of people, have 8973209842 plastic bags kicking around. We reuse them, but my son is always having trouble remembering which cabinet they're in. We have lots of Mexican stuff in our kitchen, so I made this from some linen/cotton curtains I had:
The bags go in the top...
and come out where? His mouth, of course!
It's decorated with standard craft acrylic and some red glitter fabric paint. I may paint more on it; this is where I stopped yesterday when the colors started to swirl before my tired eyes. I do wish I'd made it a bit bigger, 'cos I dunno how many bags I'll be able to cram in this one. I was limited by the size of the paper I had to make the pattern (typing paper).